Get Away From It All With Cool Girl Island's “do not disturb" (airplane mode)
Photo: Yeh Tsu Yi
Cool Girl Island is a Brooklyn-based project that fruitfully stumbled into the music production side of the ledger after supporting, crafting, and managing artists in the past. With just a handful of singles under her belt, she’s just released a video that encapsulates her nascent style: richly descriptive storytelling, intensely stylized visuals, and a very urbane composition.
The ethereal nature of the "do not disturb" (airplane mode) might have to do with the origin of the song, a post-pandemic feeling of still being shut in. Cool Girl Island says of the song, “Most days it’s a feel-good, self-love kind of song, other days it makes me strangely sad… There are also days when it’s just a white noise song I play in the background. I have a tendency to block out the world and get stuck in an endless daydream.” Whatever the nebulous beginning, its end product is ripe with discernible intrigue.
Not often do we stare upon a method-based visualizer, a microfilm of adapting the natural disposition of a region, indulging local lighting, architecture, and terroir. Shot like an adoring lover cataloging a weekend getaway, “do not disturb" (airplane mode) is a serene adventure of lo-fi, high-depth textured pickups that feel like members, the assorted mental paraphernalia you drag with you when a romance drops away. Beautifully shot by ALX112, the influence of Cool Girl Island, in all its understated demeanor, is delicately interspersed, as this artist was once a director, stylist, and photographer on the other side of the lens, and that creative perspective is self-evident here. While not naturally wanting to disturb artists in their creative state, we are glad we got Cool Girl Island off airplane mode to share this work, and we can’t wait to see more.
Watch the "do not disturb" (airplane mode) video below: